King of Swing to launch SLC’s Legends Series on 1st December

Sri Lanka Cricket introduces new initiative aimed at boosting standards of cricket

Wasim Akram, the opening bowler of Pakistan, appeals for a leg-before decision at the De Beers Diamond Oval in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2003 match in Kimberley, South Africa, between Pakistan and Namibia 16 February 2003. The tournament is being played in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Kenya with the final being played in Johannesburg on the 23 March 2003. / AFP PHOTO / KIM LUDBROOK

Sri Lanka Cricket announced today (29) that the man considered by many to be the best left-arm fast bowler of all time and an absolute legend in world cricket, Wasim Akram, would conduct a special workshop in Colombo on December 1st at the SSC.

Pakistan’s King of Swing, and the man known to have complete mastery over swing and seam will arrive in Sri Lanka on the 29th at the invitation of President Sri Lanka Cricket, Hon. Thilanga Sumathipala MP and will grace Sri Lanka Cricket’s annual awards night on the 30th November as a Guest of Honour.

Akram will launch SLC’s latest initiative in the development of the game with the first of a series of Brainstorm events to be conducted by International Cricketing Legends over the next few months with the inaugural event mentored by him on the 1st and the workshop will be attended by Sri Lanka’s national players and coaching staff.

Akram is hailed as the ‘redefinition’ of fast bowling, with cricket pundits hailing his mastery of the ball as the turning point of fast bowling – Over a 19 year career Akram has taken both Test and ODI wickets all over the world in what was termed ‘mind-boggling consistency’ by one writer.

Sri Lanka Cricket President Hon. Thilanga Sumathipala stated “With the amazing young talent that Sri Lanka is just brimming with at the moment, the World Cup in 2019 is fast becoming a reality. We have already put the technical and the scientific pillars into place. The invaluable insight our players can gain from the vast reservoir of knowledge and expertise of world cricket’s legends will provide them with the store of gameknowledge they will need

A cricketer and a gentleman of the caliber of Mr. Akram is the ideal mentor to give wing to this latest initiative of SLC by which we intend to invite a series of such legends of the game to conduct workshops with our players, and to also mentor our coaches to perpetuate that learning. We are honoured that Mr. Akram has accepted our invitation to be a part of this initiative.” He concluded.

Sri Lanka Cricket extends an invitation to the members of the media to attend a press briefing on the 1 st December 2016, at 12.00 pm at Sri Lanka Cricket, where President SLC will further elaborate on this initiative. National Captain Angelo Mathews, and National Coach Graham Ford will also attend the press briefing together with Mr. Akram.